Traceable Temperature Sensors
To help food industry professionals maintain operational effectiveness, uphold quality assurance, and meet regulatory compliance, Sensaphone offers NIST traceable calibration temperature sensors. These certified sensors are necessary for facilities that need to have an audit trail proving their products and inventory are continually stored at specific temperatures. They are used by operators of food manufacturing, processing, and storage facilities; research and testing laboratories; and food service and retail businesses. Sensaphone, sensaphone.com.
X-Ray Re-Inspection Program
Mettler Toledo’s new X-ray re-inspection program allows companies to re-inspect the quarantined product on-site using an X-ray system, identifying and removing any contaminated product, then allowing uncontaminated re-inspected product to be delivered to customers. This re-inspection takes place at the manufacturer’s facility, off-line, without shutting down ongoing production, continuing to maximize productivity. A service engineer will guide the manufacturer’s operators through the re-inspection, providing training and technical support throughout the process. When the re-inspection is complete, the manufacturer will receive a report documenting inspection results to support the company’s quality program for future audits. Mettler Toledo, [email protected], mt.com.
Automated Data Stream Monitoring
The Dynamic Remote Alarm Monitoring Service (DRAMS), a new Microsoft Windows-based tool, is designed to expand the real-time quality control capabilities of ProFicient Statistical Process Control (SPC) software. This cloud-hosted version of the InfinityQS quality management solution monitors data streams from all manufacturing processes to detect control and specification limit violations and generate quality alerts in real time. Powered by an SPC analysis engine, the solution automates data collection and analysis to surface actionable insights that help in maintaining product quality, reducing waste, and meeting production goals. Installed alongside ProFicient or PoD, the system can automatically review all active data streams coming into ProFicient’s centralized database and compare the incoming data with the appropriate set control and specification limits. If a process or quality issue occurs, the system will then trigger an email notification to alert critical quality team members. InfinityQS, infinityqs.com.
Mycotoxin Analysis for Grain Commodities
The AuroFlow AQ Mycotoxin Platform includes strip test versions for total aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol (DON), fumonisin, ochratoxin A, zearalenone, and T-2/HT-2. Lab professionals, technicians, and farmers can use the platform for first-round screening of corn and wheat for key, regulated mycotoxin compounds. Results are delivered in six minutes or less with detection levels as low as 2 ppb, depending on the mycotoxin being detected. The kits use a single-step, water-based extraction method with lateral flow testing at room temperature. This removes the need for incubators and centrifuges during analysis. The handheld reader is battery operated and ruggedized for portable testing. Once results are viewed on the reader’s menu-driven, color touchscreen, the information is stored for future access and archiving. PerkinElmer, perkinelmer.com.
Diary Testing Supplement
The PIF Supplement is for the enrichment of Enterobacteriaceae, in particular Salmonella spp. and Cronobacter spp., in powdered infant formula (with or without probiotics), dairy ingredients, and cereal. It can also be used in testing environmental samples from production areas. The supplement was developed to be paired with Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check Real-Time PCR Test Kits and RAPID’Chromogenic Media.The supplement meets the growing demand from dairy producers, such as infant formula manufacturers and service labs, to test for Salmonella and Cronobacter in large sample sizes. To optimize recovery of the pathogens, the supplement inhibits background flora, such as lactic acid bacteria, bifidobacteria, and other gram-positive bacteria. Using the supplement, users can enrich Salmonella and Cronobacter simultaneously from a single enrichment broth for samples up to 375 grams. Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., bio-rad.com/pif.
The Splash Zone Liquid-Tuff Liquid Tight Flexible Conduit is designed specifically for splash zones, making it ideal for food equipment and devices, meat packing, restaurants, food processing, and poultry packing. The conduit features a moisture-, oil-, and sunlight-resistant polyvinyl chloride jacket that inhibits bacteria growth and won’t degrade due to wash down/splash zones with bleach agents. This allows food manufacturers to clean and sterilize using bleach without the risk of product degradation. Additionally, the conduit is compatible with AFC’s food grade liquid tight stainless steel fitting, which comes with polyester elastomer compression seals to prevent ingress of food or bacteria. The conduit is UL listed and CSA NSF 169 component compliant, meeting standards for material safety, design, construction, and product performance in the food industry. It is available in metallic and non-metallic. AFC Cable Systems, afcweb.com.